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Album Of The Month August 2010
Only Fumes And Corpses | ‘Who Really Cares, What Really Lasts’


Punch and push. The two things that make a hardcore gig audience: the two things that make a hardcore band. The two things that make a fantastic hardcore album.

Galway’s OFAC showed they had both qualities with their last album, which did unfortunately go under the radar. Or at least under many metallers’ radar, given that they’ve played a ton of shows in Europe to what were hopefully supportive crowds.

In a manner not entirely dissimilar to Neifenbach, interviewed here recently, these guys show that commitment, message and determination in delivery all combust in exciting and driving music. The blastbeat that opens ‘The Weight Of Your World On My Shoulders’, and the D-Beat it continues into show that one off for anyone in doubt.

Variety in here comes mainly by way of the speed settings. Only Fumes are as capable and powerful at the slow and mid paced tempos as they are at the straight out hardcore.

That means that tracks like ‘Apathy’ fly by in a violent burst of tightly focused punk (wanting only for a little more bass in the production) – with ferocious chuggidy palm muting in there making it all the more vitriolic.

They slow however to a rousing weight with ‘The Colour Purple’ (ie what you come out feeling when the album’s done), using a heavy tom batter and darkened, unresolved chords to lend the kind of feel you’d sooner expect from Coldwar.

These twelve tracks, though similar enough, seek not to reinvent the wheel. They merely implore to attach firecrackers to it, and roll it down a steep hill in the direction of the Irish orthodoxy.

It would be entirely disingenuous for me to claim some knowlegde or appreciation of the finer points of hardcore. All I know is that when it mixes with a little bit of metal – on its own terms, that is – the results can be exhilarating.

This is as direct and satisfying an example as is needed. And the little Ska homage in ‘Wreck’ is fucking genius.

4.5/5 – Earl Grey ::: 26/08/10


4 Comments
  1. Thanks for the review Earl. Glad you enjoyed it. For anyone who’d like a copy…. the 12″ vinyl (includes download card) and digipack CD is available from http://www.onlyfumesandcorpses.bigcartel.com or just PM me.

    The CD is also being re-released with some extra tracks and in a dual case with slightly different artwork through Lockjaw Records (http://www.lockjawrecords.co.uk/site/lockjaw-records-artists/ofac.html). You can order the CD from the site or just go into your local HMV or whatever who should also be able to get it for you. Thanks…. loads of gigs around the country to be announced soon.

  2. Re-release with extra tracks…?

    More info please…!!!

  3. Miotal Trom Says:

    Just picked the 12″ up at the weekend. Like the Earl, hardcore generally isn’t my thing, but have enjoyed the few spins of this so far. Must give it a few more.

  4. Picked this up in Plug’d Records the other day. It’s a class record alright. That ska bit you mentioned – totally deadly.

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